Comfort Suites Downtown
601 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 854-5500
Fax: (716) 854-4836
Explore three full floors of retail space at this bookshop located in a circa 1896 building in the heart of downtown. The shop, housed on 35,000 square feet of retail and warehouse space, overflows with a large selection of antique and rare books, collectible books, maps, autographs and engravings. It is one of the largest antique bookstores in upstate New York and, if by chance they don't have an item in stock, they will locate it for you. Since you will probably spend quite a bit of time here, stroll into the small café on the first floor before wandering through the aisles. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Vidler's, an old-fashioned five and dime store, is one of East Aurora's most beloved landmarks. You'll find it by looking for the red and white-striped awnings along the village's historic Main Street. The 15,000-square-foot store, located in four 1890s-era buildings, has original hardwood floors and brass cash registers. It was opened by Robert Vidler Sr. during the Great Depression in the 1930s and continues to be family-owned and operated. You can find pretty much anything here, including unique, hard-to-find items. Choose from old-fashioned penny candy, yarn fabric, craft supplies, house wares, books, toys, books, cards and much more. - Christine Smyczynski
This unique store/gallery promotes printing and book-related art. They carry bookbinding supplies, paper for letter press printing and decorative art stationery that comes from all over the world. They also carry a selection of books, cards, and posters. Lectures and workshops about printmaking, papermaking, illustration, design, writing, and binding are also on offer. Participation in the International Edible Book Festival, which is held around April 1, is an annual event at this shop. Artists create an edible book that's judged on appearance as well as taste; one can literally eat their words! The April 1 date is not an April Fool's joke, it actually was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), a French gastronome who wrote the book, Physiologie du Gout. -Christine A. Smyczynski
When in Buffalo and in need of some brand-new Christian-themed literature, there is only one place to go. Located within the Buffalo Christian Center (home to the Forbes Theatre) in the city's historic Theater District, this bookstore offers religious and spiritual reading material. See website for complete visitor details.
With more than 60 stores located along Main street in the Buffalo Place area of the city, this mall is the only one in the downtown district. The mall, with MJ Carroll and Hit or Miss as anchors, has the advantage of being in the free fare zone for Metro Rail. It is also close to numerous downtown attractions and accommodations such as the Theater District and the Hyatt Regency.The mall also features public art exhibits from the CEPA Gallery.
For the sports card and memorabilia fan, this is the one store in Buffalo not to be missed. Located in the historic downtown Ellicott Square Building complex, the shop offers a myriad of collectibles: from current and hard-to-find sports cards to uniforms and other items that will make you the envy of your friends at the sports bar. As well, the shop has a full line of major league goodies: NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB mugs, caps, postcards, t-shirts, sweats, banners and pendants.
Playing out of Dunn Tire Park in downtown Buffalo, this triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians baseball team has proved a success in the field and at the box office. In recent years, the team often outdraws some major league outfits and has the distinction of the largest Opening Day crowd ever in the minor leagues (19,699).
Upon entering Rust Belt Books, visitors immediately perceive that tell-tale odor of aged books and paper. With stacks-upon-stacks of books that feature every subject at ridiculous prices, this is everyone's favorite bookshop in the entire city. In addition to books, the store carries a ton of vintage magazines, manuscripts and other rare treasures like library catalog tables filled with anachronistic postcards, letters, etc. On occasions, Rust Belt hosts in-store performances and other events, so check website for more details.
This is one of the last of a dying breed, a old-fashioned record store. In today's world of digitized information and sound, it is still nice to hear the crackle and pop of a record once in a while. If you still have a record player to play them, it is difficult to imagine how someone could stay out of the bins at Spiral Scratch. In addition to vinyl, the proprietors here still sell memorabilia, vintage audio equipment, books and magazines. Check out their blog periodically for other products and in-store events.
In a city known for its ethnic foods, this indoor market has been the place to go shopping for over 100 years. At over 100,000 square feet, the market is one of the largest in the country, featuring 40+ vendors specializing in sought-after German, Polish, and Eastern European comestibles in this neighborhood. If you are hungry for home-made kielbasa, bratwurst, or real Polish ham, this is the place for you. There are also restaurants, bakeries, poultry and candy stands scattered throughout the market.
Located in the lively Elmwood Strip of Buffalo's West Side, not far from Delaware Park and the Buffalo State College campus, this gallery and art boutique has been providing customers with top-notch art, art accessories, and gifts at affordable prices since 1984. Among the services offered are limited-edition lithographs, custom picture framing, and plaque mounting for special occasions such as graduations, awards dinners and sports presentations.
This shop, owned by Therese Deutschlander, features one-of-a-kind wares handmade crafts by local artisans, including jewelry, metal works, glassware, pottery, wooden items and more. For example, one local artist paints Buffalo themed glassware, while others create unique beaded jewelry. One artist specializes in dichroic glass jewelry, which involves layering multiple layers of metal oxides in the glass. There is a large selection of pottery, including bowls, plates, and coasters. Glass items include vases, wall hangings, dishes, and plates. There are also t-shirts, handbags, handcrafted wood items, metal sculptures, and gift certificates if you just can't make up your mind.-Christine A. Smyczynski